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Steeple Ashton Photo Gallery

Contiguous Parishes (our neighbours)

Bratton - Edington - Hilperton - Keevil - North Bradley - Semington - Trowbridge - Westbury


Websites of Interest

GenUKI - For information relating to Wiltshire and Steeple Ashton.
Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre - The Wiltshire County Archives for all historical documents and the place to obtain original copies. 
Wiltshire Community History - Historical information for parishes within the Wiltshire County jurisdiction.


The Parish Church of St. Mary The Virgin

The most richly ornamented church in Wiltshire is undoubtedly that of Steeple Ashton near Trowbridge.  A great clothier church, its steeple rose to 186 feet before it fell, but the tower on which it stood is still a noble structure.  Its walls display an array of wide windows and are crowned by battlements and pinnacles.  Almost uniquely in English parish churches, the whole interior was designed to be vaulted in stone.

St. Mary's Church Gallery          St. Mary's Interior Gallery

St. Mary's Monumental Inscriptions Incumbents List 1252-1980 Churchwardens 1543-1676 Parish Clerks 1543-1676
Parish Sidesmen 1543-1676 Church Charity Bag 1832-1851 Church Alms Recipients 1856-1869

Parish Registers held at WSHC

Baptisms 1538-1856
Marriages 1558-1987
Burials 1538-1900

Burials Recorded in Churchwardens accounts 1559-1663


Parish History

The parish includes the tythings of Great Hinton, Hinton, Littleton and West Ashton

Parish Officials 1543-1676           Parish News 1800-1849            

Civil Registration

April 1936 - Present Warminster Registration District


Buildings and Land

Surveyors of the Highway (Waymen) 1543-1676           Building & Land News 1800-1849               Inclosure Awards Extract 1818                Owners of Land 1873


Ordnance Surveyor's Drawings 1808-1811


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports

1700-1799            1800-1849          1850-1899

Drink Related Crimes

Shooting While Drunk 1901


Moses Angel Hanged for Murder 1828

Police & Law Enforcement

Parish Constables 1543-1676

Prisons & Prisoners

Inmates of Gloucester Gaol 1815-1879


The Chartists at Steeple Ashton


Boys Imprisoned and Whipped for Theft 1831



Post Office 1855          Kellys 1867           Gillmans 1899          Kellys 1915   




Emigration and Migration

Strays Index          Emigration To Utah 1852-1864


Employment and Business


Game Keepers Certificates 1807


Apprentice Indentures 1710-1811                 


Apprentice records published here may not necessarily mean that the apprentice was from the parish but was apprenticed to a master within the parish.

Hebar S. Adams 1723           Thomas Bennett 1715


Wool Trade In Steeple Ashton


General Medical Council Registrations 1859-1959

Postal Services

British Postal Service Appointments 1737-1969 


Miscellaneous Documents


Non Conformity and Other Places of Worship

Non Conformists in Steeple Ashton

A house was licensed for Methodist meetings in 1797.  In 1829 they were meeting in a farm house with 8 members of the church and a congregation of 50.  In the 1851 religious census it was recorded that one room of a house was set aside exclusively for worship; there were 120 seats and the average size of the congregation was about 100 people.  (source Wiltshire Community History)

Steeple Ashton Primitive Methodist Photo Gallery


People and Parish Notables

People Photo Gallery

Associations, Clubs, Organisations and Societies

Wiltshire Friendly Society Membership 1827-1871 

Census Returns Transcripts

1770 (V.1) 1770 (V.2) 1800 (V.1) 1800 (V.2) 1813

The Census of 1770 and 1800 V.2 includes information on the tithings of Steeple Ashton and for neighbouring parish Semington.  The Census return of 1826 and 1827 were probably lists of households entitled to bread under poor law relief

Look ups for various items of interest in Steeple Ashton can be obtained by contacting Jo via the Contact Us Tab at the top of the page and selecting OPCs from the drop down list

Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772           Poll Book 1818           Voters List 1832               Voters Lists Revisions 1843                  MP Nominations 2015


Hunt Ball 1929

Family Notices

Family Notices 1800-1849                  Family Notices 1850-1899                  Family Notices 1900-1949

Funeral Reports

Funeral Report of Josephine Knulley 1937

General People Items

People News 1850-1899


Inquest Reports 1800-1849                   Inquest Reports 1850-1899

Local Families

Ball Family of Steeple Ashton          Richard Godolphin Long 1761-1835

Personal Research Items

Tuck Family Research Burial Extracts - These items were donated by Ken Tuck and contains entries that may or may not relate to the Tuck family however they have been published as such.  Many references to Quaker entries may be found from across the county.

Wedding Reports

Medlinott to Long 1838


Poor Law, Charity and The Workhouse


Charity News 1800-1849           Parental & Carers Support Charity Closes 2014

Poor Law

Collectors of the Poor Rate 1543-1676          Overseers 1543-1676          Distribution to the Poor 1605-1623          Poor Law Union Audit 1849    

Distributors to the Poor 1543 - 1676


Workhouse Provisions & Clothing Tenders 1846                   



Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands held

William Jones 1626          John Lowe 1632               James, Earl of Marlborough 1633                Henry, Earl of Marlborough 1638               Thomas Lambert 1639


Parishioners Wills

Samuel Ghey proved 1825          


War, Conflict and Military Matters

War Memorials & Military Gallery

Why the Poppy
Military News 1900-1949 Diocese of Salisbury Book of Remembrance 1914-1918
Egg Collection for Wounded Servicemen 1914-1918 Bell Ringers WWI Book of Remembrance is St. Paul's Cathedral Library> St. Mary Roll of Honour WWI & WWII
Steeple Ashton War Memorial WWI & WWII Civilian Deaths 1939-1945

British Red Cross/VAD Volunteers 

Mary Gardner 1915-1918




Crime and Legal Matters

Execution of Richard Potter 1789          Negligent Driving Charge 1924


People and Parish Notables    

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772                 Voters List 1832

Family Notices

Family Notices 1850-1899

Funeral Reports

Funeral Report of Catherine M. Noad 1937

General Items

People News 1800-1849

Inquest Reports

Coroners Inquests Reports 1800-1849



Parishioners Wills

John Kingman Proved 1776





Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands held

Thomas Somner 1632               Nicholas Flower 1634


Census Returns Transcripts




West Ashton

West Ashton Gallery

Church of St. John

The church was built in 1846 by T. H. Wyatt and D. Brandon, with funding from Walter Long. It became a civil parish in the late 19th century.

The parish includes the hamlets of Dunge, East Town and Rood Ashton

St. John's Gallery           St. John's interior Gallery           St. John's Churchyard Gallery

Church Matters 1800-1899           Tomb of Walter & Harriet Long 1847


Buildings and Land

Owners of Land 1873


Crime and Legal Matters

Crime Reports 1800-1849



Kellys 1867



Strays Index

Census Returns Transcripts


Elections and Polls

Poll of Freeholders 1772                    Voters List 1832



Estate Values 1900-1949

Inquisitions Post Mortem of Lands Held

Gifford Longe 1634               John Harris 1636       


War, Conflict and Military Matters

Diocese of Salisbury Remembrance Book 1914-1918               War Office Letter to Walter H. Long 1919


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